GIRL GUIDES DO IT THE BEST
Community group nominated for award
THE 25 girls and women of Charleville’s Girl Guides unit are an active part of the wider community and have been recognised for their contributions in this year’s Community Achievement Awards.
They’re up for Community Group of the Year, having been nominated by unit leader Sam Owczarek.
Highlights of the girls’ community involvement this year include the Anzac Day march, Clean Up Australia Day and the Bilby Festival, among other events.
Ms Owczarek said her group worked hard to be involved in Charleville.
“Using the program that Girl Guides Australia has developed we provide services to the community, run camps, do lots of things outdoors and leadership programs,” she said.
“We have small patrol groups within the unit as a whole and some girls take control of those groups to learn leadership skills along the way.
“They run their own projects and set their own programs.”
Ms Owczarek said their community involvement went a long way towards personal development.
“Our group is very important within the community, it teaches those girls to be leaders and gives them life skills that they may not get in other places,” she said.
“They need to know that they’re an important part of the community and that it doesn’t matter how small you are or where you live, you can still make a contribution.”
Ms Owczarek said she was very proud of her unit for becoming great leaders and particularly commended the long-term members.
“Our older girls are embarking on their Queen’s Guide, which is the highest level of guiding,” she said.
“Through that they’ve taken on really big projects.”
WELL DONE: The 1st Charleville Girl Guides have been nominated for Community Group of the Year, part of the Queensland Community Achievement Awards.